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Mi Shebeirach Blessing

October 25, 2011

The Mi Shebeirach is a blessing of healing. It is most commonly said during the Torah service, during Shabbat services at a synagogue, though it can be said at other times as well. Customarily, we keep in mind those family members and friends who are in need of healing — physical, emotional or spiritual — while the blessing is recited.

The most popular tune for this blessing was written by Debbie Friedman. The video includes the transliteration of the Hebrew (Hebrew written with English letters) and a translation:





Hebrew for "May He Who blessed," the first words of the prayer of the same name. Traditionally said in synagogue during the Torah service, a holistic prayer for physical and spiritual healing, asking for blessing, compassion, restoration and strength. Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday. A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
The first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), or the scroll that contains them.
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